Jimmy SengenbergerJimmy SengenbergerNovember 20, 20176min430

Tax reform is all the rage right now, just as it should be.  We have a complex web called the tax code that is nearly 75,000 pages long, including all the guidelines.  At 39.1%, our corporate tax rate – combining federal and state – is the highest in the industrialized world.  And our individual tax system is punitive and burdensome.  This structure cries out for change.


Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 18, 20172min218
Look who’s back in town. Sen. Cory Gardner, once vilified by liberals for not holding big, rally-style town hall meetings where they could yell at him, is holding his sixth since August Monday in Pueblo. The gathering with the Republican senator from Yuma, is at the Pueblo Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., […]

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Tom RamstackNovember 16, 20177min82
WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner set off an angry response from environmentalists this week with his vote to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Gardner is a member of the Senate committee that approved a bill to sell leases to oil companies that want to drill along Alaska’s northeast coast. […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 16, 20173min4160

A lot of the workaday tax credits and deductions that businesses routinely use to trim Uncle Sam’s take are still off-limits to Colorado’s legal marijuana enterprises. That would change under legislation Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner signed onto this week as a co-sponsor.

As noted in a press release from Gardner’s office, the legislation, introduced by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, would “ensure marijuana businesses legally operating in Colorado and other states that have legalized the sale of marijuana are able to utilize common business tax deductions and credits, such as those for normal business expenses or for hiring veterans.”

The legislation underscores the continued rift over legal marijuana between the Trump administration and states like Colorado, and it highlights once again the irony of conservative Republicans like Gardner moving to shore up states’ rights on the matter in the face of opposition from conservative Republican U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Despite the administration push-back, Gardner, quoted in the announcement by his office, comes across as an unflinching champion of free-market marijuana who might as well be saying, “Jeff who?”

“Our current tax code puts thousands of legal marijuana businesses throughout Colorado at a disadvantage by treating them differently than other businesses across the state … Coloradans made their voices heard in 2012 when they legalized marijuana and it’s time for the federal government to allow Colorado businesses to compete. This commonsense, bipartisan bill will allow small businesses in Colorado and other states that have legal marijuana businesses to grow their operations, create jobs, and boost the economy.”

The press release also notes bipartisan accolades for Gardner’s embrace of the legislation:

“I commend Senator Gardner for fighting for Colorado’s small businesses,” said Sal Pace, former Democratic Leader in the Colorado State House and sitting Pueblo County Commissioner. “By sponsoring S.777, Senator Gardner is saying that he wants to put millions of dollars back into Colorado’s economy. This is a watershed moment. We don’t hear of a lot of bipartisanship these days. But, this Democrat wants to publicly thank Senator Gardner for his leadership.”


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 16, 20174min1210

On behalf of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, I want to share that the Colorado Nonprofit Association board of directors has officially stated its opposition to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R. 1) now pending in Congress. Our board’s official statement can be found here: https://www.coloradononprofits.org/news/colorado-nonprofit-association-opposes-house-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/nov-13-2017


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 9, 20178min1990

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate budget recently, paving the way for tax reform. Markups have begun in House Ways and Means and changes are already being made to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the passage of the budget was a significant step forward in advancing President Trump’s top legislative priority, there are some clear warning signs for businesses anxious to see meaningful tax reform.


Mike FooteMike FooteNovember 2, 20174min2150

Tax policy can be a mind-numbing discussion, but it need not be.  Through all of the terms and legalities, the main question to keep in mind is who wins and who loses.  The currently available details of the latest Republican Congressional plan paint a clear portrait of the winners:  billionaires, millionaires and big corporations. The losers are everyone else.